Savannah Ré, k-os, Ellyn Woods and more: songs you need to hear this week

5 fresh Canadian tracks to add to your playlist right now.

5 fresh Canadian tracks to add to your playlist right now

Montreal artist Ellyn Woods' latest track, 'Tangerine,' oscillates between optimism and apprehension. (Auteur Research)

Here at CBC Music, we're always on high alert for new songs by Canadian artists.

This week, we're listening to new tracks from:

  • k-os.
  • Savannah Ré.
  • Ellyn Woods.
  • Moneyphone.
  • Potatohead People feat. Posdnuos and Kapok.

Scroll down to find out why you need to listen.

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'Supernovas,' k-os

Five years ago, k-os left the Toronto music scene behind in favour of the West Coast, but on his latest single, "Supernovas," the rapper is making his comeback to the city he calls home. The track is based on an old demo k-os rediscovered, which has since been polished up by production duo MSTRKRFT. The result is disco magic. k-os's flow glides effortlessly atop a bouncing bass line, catchy riff and sparkling soundscape coalescing into the most pop-oriented song by the rapper in years. Leave this track on repeat and put on your dancing shoes on. — Melody Lau 

'Homies,' Savannah Ré

In a relationship? Friends with benefits? Just homies? On her latest single, Savannah Ré tries to cut through the drama and questions what's really going on in her relationship. "I'd be lyin' if I said I had it all figured out/ Lyin' if I told you I can't live without more of you, more of us," she sings in the chorus, emotion showing through the break in her voice. Ré's delivery is compelling enough to command your attention with just solo guitar accompaniment through the first verse and chorus, at which point the production expands, but never enough to shake this song from your sexy slow jams playlist, where it definitely belongs. — Robert Rowat

'Tangerine,' Ellyn Woods

"The echo of self-doubt is haunting me." 

Montreal artist Ellyn Woods' new single, "Tangerine," kicks off with a slinky bass line that feels determined and bubbling with excitement. But soon, that feeling is interrupted by a sense of anxiety, a crack of self-doubt that slowly seeps in creating an intoxicating cocktail of contrasting thoughts. "All the feelings, deep or hollow/ Losing time until you don't know what is real," Woods sings in a dreamy R&B haze. But she follows that up with a reminder and a way of trying to ground herself once again: "There is only now." "Tangerine" oscillates between optimism and apprehension, balancing that smooth bass part with jolts of synths like nerves flaring up on the chorus. When that formula is off, it can lead to disaster. Thankfully, Woods has cracked the code. — ML 

'Indecision,' Moneyphone

Since their 2017 entrance onto the music scene, it's felt consistently futile to try to put Toronto-based duo Moneyphone into a box. Like genre-hopping classmates Brockhampton and MorMor, with each new release, they've expanded into fresh, fluid branches of R&B, alternative, pop or hip-hop — and sometimes, all of those sounds at once — proving that they're two of the more forward-thinking 20-somethings experimenting right now. On "Indecision," their most accomplished production to date, everything falls into place: a sentimental pop melody that tugs at your heartstrings under a catchy clap beat, while the two trade sing-rap verses about finding balance between being young and burdened, but free. — Jess Huddleston

Editor's note: explicit language.

'Baby got Work,' Potatohead People feat. Posdnuos and Kapok

This new song came on while my boyfriend and I were doing dinner prep after a long day. We gave each other a knowing look, put down our cooking utensils and started moving spontaneously to its soulful, mid-tempo groove. What a treat to hear De La Soul's Posdnuos join Vancouver rapper Kapok on these smooth, intelligent verses, which are all about seizing the moment. "We don't have too much time in this life, can't rewind/ Yeah, baby, got work to do," goes the chorus — a call to be active, or even an activist, as Posdnuos urges: "A lot of brooms are needed to clean up the ways/ Of a world repeated and trapped in a maze." A song that uses funk to get you out of a funk. — RR


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